JWS at a glance


  • Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney


  • 62 partners supported by over 200 lawyers, business development, finance, HR and IT professionals


  • ASX listed and foreign corporations
  • Substantial privately owned enterprises
  • Not for profit organisations, universities and industry bodies
  • Major government agencies and regulators


  • Centred on strategically important areas of commercial law
  • Focus on corporate (M&A/ECM), competition, disputes, finance & restructuring, and energy & resources. 
  • Dedicated experts in employment, IP, information technology, media, property and tax 

International services

  • Australian counsel to foreign businesses and law firms
  • Foreign investment advice and applications
  • Established referral firm network for outbound cross-border requirements


  • 28 leading individual rankings – Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2018
  • 14 practice area rankings – Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2018
  • 49 leading, next generation and recommended Lawyers – Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018
  • 11 practice area rankings – Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018


  • Established in 1993 by Tony Johnson, Nigel Winter and Peter Slattery as a boutique corporate firm
  • Grew rapidly to become a leading independent Australian firm focussed on complex transactions and disputes